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Listening to the "Playing Politics" podcast from the Star Tribune and WCCO Radio is like taking a seat at the Editorial Board table and hearing an informed and opinionated weekly discussion of all things political in Minnesota and the nation. "Playing Politics" features WCCO’s Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune’s John Rash in addition to editorial writer Patricia Lopez and columnists Lori Sturdevant and D.J. Tice – award-winning journalists who bring varied perspectives to the issues of the day.

EPISODE 165
December 4
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., during Wednesday's impeachment hearing.

Listen: Impeachment polarization

The House Judiciary Committee heard from constitutional scholars on Wednesday. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 164
November 20
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.

Listen: The Sondland and the fury

Impeachment inquiry testimony from the U.S. ambassador to the European Union implicated key administration figures, including President Donald Trump. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 163
November 13
Foreign Service officer George Kent an top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor are sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on

Listen: Lights, camera, impeachment

Public testimony in the House impeachment inquiry begins. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 162
November 6
The Capitol building in Washington, Oct. 31, 2019. The whistleblower who touched off an impeachment inquiry with his explosive complaint about Preside

Listen: Impeachment hearings set: What will Americans listen for?

The public phase of the inquiry begins next week. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 161
October 30

Listen: Attacks on impeachment process — and witnesses

Some supporters of President Donald Trump attempt to delegitimize diplomats and military officers. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 160
October 24
Ambassador William Taylor, is escorted by U.S. Capitol Police as he arrives to testify before House committees as part of the Democrats' impeachment i

Listen: Taylor's damning testimony

The U.S. envoy to Ukraine's account may accelerate the impeachment inquiry. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 159
October 9
President Donald Trump and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

Listen: Trump talk from Minneapolis to the Mideast

The president's dispute with Mayor Jacob Frey, his Syrian policy, and the U.S. House impeachment inquiry are at the center of controversy. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 158
October 2
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine speaks while meeting with President Donald Trump at the InterContinental New York Barclay in New York, Sept.

Listen: Impeachment issue intensifies

President Donald Trump lashes out at the U.S. House impeachment inquiry. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 157
September 25
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Pelosi announced that the House would begin a forma

Listen: Impeachment turmoil

The U.S. House Ukraine inquiry shakes up Washington and the nation. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast with WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 156
September 18
Listen: Trump focuses on the Mideast — and Rep. Omar

Listen: Trump focuses on the Mideast — and Rep. Omar

The president again targeted Fifth District U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar while contending with an international crisis. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast with WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 155
September 11
National security adviser John Bolton is interviewed, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Listen: Dissent disinvited

What the firing of John Bolton and "Sharpiegate" reveal about the White House. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 154
September 4
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 30, 2019. Under intens

Listen: After new round of shootings, will anything change?

They prompted renewed calls for Washington – and St. Paul – to act. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Adam Carter and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 153
July 31
The first of two debates scheduled to take place in Detroit among Democratic candidates for president in 2020 kicked off Tuesday night.

Listen: The Democrats debate

Sharp contrasts marked the first of two key contests. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 152
July 24
Former special counsel Robert Mueller, is sworn in before he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election

Listen: How much will Mueller matter?

Congressional testimony by the special counsel may only serve to further solidify partisan perspectives on the Russia investigation. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's D.J. Tice and John Rash.
EPISODE 151
July 10
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta speaks at the Department of Labor, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Washington.

Listen: The politics of the Jeffrey Epstein case

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is under fire for his role in the financier's sex-crimes case. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 150
June 26
FILE - In this June 17, 2018, file photo, provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who have been taken into custody related to cases of

Listen: Border crisis resonates

The treatment of migrant detainees at the southern border – and a searing photograph of a father and daughter who didn't make it – has become a major political issue. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 149
June 19
President Trump was at center stage Tuesday night in Orlando, where he kicked off his 2020 reelection campaign at a rally.

Listen: Trump kicks off 2020 (or is it 2016?) campaign

The president reprised several themes – and targets – as he began his reelection push. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 148
June 12
Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke to attendees of an immigration round table discussion Tuesday in Minneapolis. ] Aaron Lavinsky ¥ aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Listen: Omar controversies continue

Scrutiny over U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar's tax filings place the Minnesota Democrat under ever-greater scrutiny. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 147
May 22
Governor Tim Walz, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and House Speaker Melissa Hortman held a press conference Sunday night to announce a budget agr

Listen: A not-so-special session

In what is becoming more common, legislators and the governor need extra time to finish their business. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 146
May 8
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks with reporters at the State Capitol Monday during a break in talks with House Democratic and Senate Republican leaders

Listen: New governor, legislative leaders – same old gridlock

The 2019 session stalls on fiscal, philosophical issues. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 145
May 1
FILE -- Attorney General William Barr testifies before a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee about the Justice Department's 2020 budge

Listen: Mueller memo at center of Barr hearings

The special counsel objected to the attorney general's initial description of the Mueller report. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 144
April 18
Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar speaks during a roundtable discussion on health care, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Miami. Klobuchar met

Listen: Can Klobuchar break through?

The Minnesota senator faces an increasingly crowded and competitive field of Democratic presidential candidates. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 143
April 10
President Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before boarding Marine One helicopter, Wednesday, A

Listen: White House wrestles with border issue

President Donald Trump searches for solutions to the growing humanitarian challenge on the U.S.-Mexico border. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 142
March 20
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa), center, speaks to the press following the Budget and Economic Forecast with other members of the House

Listen: A slow-going legislative session

Minnesota's DFL governor and GOP-led Senate are once again sliding into stalemate. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 141
March 14
In this photo dated November 12, 2018, the actual Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 - Max 8 plane, that crashed Sunday March 10, 2019, shortly after take-

Listen: The politics of grounding planes

President Donald Trump announces an immediate grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.